A new wrought alloy has been developed for use as furnace tubes in ethylene pyrolysis plants. This alloy has an excellent carburization resistance due to uniform formation of protective Al2O3 oxide scale on the metal surface. Laboratory corrosion tests have been carried out to evaluate carburization resistance of the developed alloy.
Electrochemical corrosion rate probes have been constructed and tested along with mass loss coupons in an air plus water vapor and a N2/O2/CO2 plus water vapor environment. Temperatures ranged from 200º to 700ºC. Results show that electrochemical corrosion rates for ash-covered mild steel are a function of time, temperature and process environment.